In February, we celebrate Black History Month! February is Black History Month which recognizes and celebrates the history, culture, and impact of Black and African American communities. February 1st is also the Center for African and African American Studies (CAAAS) Day where we recognize the center as a resource not just to the CU community but to the whole state of Colorado. 

 

CU Boulder Events

  • Watch films that highlight Black culture through the International Film Series, in partnership with the Center for African and African American Studies (The CAAAS) throughout the month of February. Films include Before You Float Away Into Nothing, Eve’s Bayou, Outlaw Johnny Black, Moonlight, and more! Check out the full list, here and read more details on the individual films, here
  • We CU: a Celebration of Black Womanhood, Presence and Connectedness.  
  • Mark your calendars for our opening celebration! We'll be opening two new exhibitions: We CU: a Celebration of Black Womanhood, Presence and Connectedness, created by our 2023 Artists in Residence Charlie Billingsly and Von Ross from the Museum for Black Girls, and (Art) Work: Systems of Making, curated by graduate students at CU! Join us for food, community, and art! Read more about our artists-in-residence here. 
  • We’re Not OK: Black Faculty Experiences and Higher Education Strategies 
    • Using self-reflection exercises and small and large group discussion, the authors of “We’re Not OK: Black Faculty Experiences and Higher Education Strategies,” along with workshop participants, will examine real-world narratives from Black faculty. Attendees will gain an understanding of what tokenism, microaggressions, code switching and imposter syndrome are as well as their impact on mental health. Participants will leave with practical strategies to improve their own mental health and promote the mental wellness of those around them. 
    • Noon Feb. 27, Zoom 

 

CU Boulder Organizations and Resources

 

Boulder Events 

  • View the Proclaiming Colorado’s Black History exhibit at the Museum of Boulder which highlights the African American experience in Colorado. More information here

  • Attend the 2024 NAACP Freedom Fund Celebration on February 18th at 3pm. Featured guests include Anthony Ray Hinton, author and activist for criminal justice reform, and Danielle Ponder, R&B artist. Tickets are free, and the event is open to the public. Tickets can be found here on Eventbrite

 

Organizations 

  • Justice Outside--Justice Outside advances racial justice and equity in the outdoor and environmental movement. We shift resources to, build power with, and center the voices and leadership of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color because the health of current and future generations demands it.” 

  • Black Girls Trekkin'--“The mission of BGT is to provide experiences that inspire Black women to pursue outdoors adventures with confidence, establish connections with one another, recreate on the land with care, and rekindle a deep-rooted cultural relationship with nature.” 

  • Black Outside, Inc--“Black Outside, Inc was founded with one simple mission: reconnecting Black/African-American youth to the outdoors.” 

  • hue --“Hue helps companies recruit, retain, and build a trusted reputation with Black, Indigenous, people of color (BIPOC).” 

  • SoulTrak --“Soul Trak Outdoors is a D.C. based nonprofit organization that connects communities of color to outdoor spaces while also building a coalition of diverse outdoor leaders.”